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This is a practical reference guide to the manufacture and use of rigid and semi-rigid plastic containers. It also covers the materials from which they are made. Certain multi-material containers where the plastic component plays a significant part are also featured. The emphasis is on application and the book covers such broad topics as: the properties of the plastics used in packaging and how these are used to assist material selection; the applications for these containers in areas such as food and drink, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and toiletries; the various methods by which plastics are converted into package forms; the ways of determining the properties of plastics and assessing their significance to the converter or end-user; the range of additives used in plastics and the types of closures used. The book is aimed at technologists in the field of packaging and plastics and at students of polymer science and those studying for the membership examinations of the Institute of Packaging and the Institute of Materials.
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